Tel Aviv is, in a word – awesome, and more and more people are realizing that. The City that Never Sleeps has something for everyone, and even if you’re on a tight travel budget you shouldn’t give this city a miss.
Tel Aviv is the currently the ninth most expensive city in the world, according to the Economist’s Intelligence Unit annual report. However, it is a city well worth visiting, and despite that reputation, it is not difficult to find affordable accommodation in Tel Aviv.
If you are on a travel budget that won’t allow you to stay at one of the city’s more expensive hotels you can still have a great vacation in Tel Aviv. There are many options for families with kids and for solo travelers, including good, cheap hotels in Tel Aviv.
Cheaper hotel rooms may be a little smaller but how much time do you really spend in your hotel room? If you’re mainly there to sleep, why not book a cheaper hotel room? Also, Tel Aviv is a smallish city, so even if your hotel is not right on the beach front it won’t take you long to get there. Save some money and stay at a less central location.
Budget vacations in Tel Aviv are definitely doable.
Here are a few ways to save money during your Tel Aviv vacation:
Book a hotel that offers a full Israeli breakfast. These healthy breakfasts will keep you going until late afternoon.
Some hotels offer free snacks, coffee and cookies – take advantage of the offer.
If you need a snack during the day visit the market and buy some fruit or visit one of the local supermarkets. Don’t buy snacks in a hotel shop or in a tourist area.
If you are self-catering, shop at the market and look out for a Cofix minimarket or a cheaper supermarket, like Victory.
Israelis eat their big meal in the afternoon and have a light dinner. If you want to try a certain restaurant, but it’s too expensive, find out if they offer a business lunch deal (usually served from about 12:00 – 17:00), this usually includes a first course, mains and a drink.
Try the street food in Tel Aviv, it is delicious and also a lot cheaper than a restaurant.
Tel Aviv is relatively small and walkable. You can also rent a public bicycle if you’re up to it, saving yourself travelling expenses.
Things to do in Tel Aviv for free (or cheap)
If the weather is good you can enjoy Tel Aviv’s stunning beaches.
If you’re up for a party, you’re in the right place! If you want to keep to your budget, but still want to party Abraham Hostel (which is the place to be) has an affordable bar and they often have free admission to their parties.
The Yarkon Park on the river, Charles Clore Park on the beachfront, and others all over the city. If you’re looking for playgrounds just ask; you’ll find them all over the city.
There are free yoga classes Friday mornings at the Tel Aviv Port.
Tel Aviv is home of the bustling Carmel and Levinsky Markets as well as the Tuesday and Friday arts and crafts market in Nachalat Binyamin, all great places to wander around. And, don’t miss the Jaffa Flea Market.
Neve Tzedek and the HaTachana Train Station
Tel Aviv’s oldest neighborhood of is now lined with trendy shops and charming coffee shops. A great place to stroll, enjoy the old architecture and window shop. At the end of the neighborhood you’ll reach the old train station, another interesting site that is free to visit.
Here are a few examples of good, affordable hotels in Tel Aviv:
Embassy Hotel Tel Aviv
Just steps away from Tel Aviv’s beach, the charming Embassy Hotel promises guests a high quality stay for a reasonable price. The eclectic hotel has 1950s retro décor, giving it character. The rooms are comfortable and clean, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the hotel selves a basic breakfast (included) and also offers guests free coffee and cookies.
The Embassy Hotel is located perfectly for beach goers; it’s also very central and walkable, although it is also close to many bus lines.
3 star hotel. Price Range: $136 – $251 (based on average rates for a standard room)
Olympia Hotel Tel Aviv
The Olympia Hotel has a great location, right on HaYarkon Street, opposite the beach and close to the city’s other attractions.
The hotel was completely renovated in 2016, and the rooms all have a chic modern look.
The hotel offers a rich Israeli breakfast.
3 star hotel. Price Range: $110 – $237 (based on average rates for a standard room)
Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
Abraham Hostel is a wonderful, affordable accommodation option in Tel Aviv. While it’s not a hotel we’ve added it to this section as it really does give you great value for your money.
Abraham Hostels is a successful chain with hostels in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Nazareth.
The Tel Aviv branch is located in the center of the city, close to all the trendiest places. The Hostel has dorm rooms and private rooms and is perfect for solo travelers and families.
Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv offers guests a range of great amenities, a lounge, a bar, a communal guest kitchen, and more. And, what’s more, the hostel also organizes fun events, like daily tours, pub crawls, parties, lectures and more.
So, if you want to meet other people, both locals and tourists, and get to know the city, Abraham Hostel could be the best option for you.
2 stars. Price Range: $22 – $348 (based on average rates for a standard room)
The Tal Hotel Tel Aviv
The Tal Hotel is centrally located, near the beach front. And, although it is of a higher quality than the other hotels we’ve mentioned it stall falls in to the cheaper hotel category.
The hotel was recently renovated and it boasts 123 elegant rooms, designed for all types of travelers. The hotel offers modern amenities, including a rooftop terrace with a great view, a gym and sauna, and has bikes to borrow. The Tal offers a delicious Israel breakfast buffet and free happy hour.
4 star hotel. Price Range: $190 – $367 (based on average rates for a standard room)
These are just a handful of the city’s many cheap hotels, click here to read about others.